Adding Colonial House Stylings to Your Exterior

Colonial house plans have made a resurgence over the last decade and are now as popular as contemporary house floor plans. Colonial home styles have evolved from the merging of various cultural traditions and so there are no defined parameters within which a Colonial house can be styled. Today's urban and suburban Colonial homes often blend various traditional floor plans, like the Federal, Cape Cod, Georgian, Saltbox and Ranch.

However, there are some easy ways to ensure that your house has a distinct and very palpable Colonial styling element to it.

Using Colonial Sidings

One of the easiest ways to establish a true Colonial feel is to add Colonial sidings for the roof. These are a practical and graceful alternative to the more conventional roof claddings.

One of the most common sidings is the Dutch Colonial siding that is installed along two layers. The siding could be made of shingles, wood clapboard or the more traditional choices like brick or stone. These sidings can be easily fastened over wood or steel backings, and most of them are retailed with matching trims and moldings to unify the entire décor. A house with Colonial sidings, a Gambrel roof and flared eaves looks typically Colonial.

Coloring Ideas for the Colonial Effect

A house that has few Colonial design elements can still attain this charming appearance through color coordination. If you want to make your house look a bit larger, use siding in lighter shades. For 2-storied homes, multi-color sidings are ideal wherein the darker shade is used along the lower-end of the walls, the medium shade on the second floor and the lightest shade is used for the top-most part of house. The siding’s color should blend with the overall styling of the house and your personal preference. Some popular examples in this genre include: 

  • The English Tudor Look — Tudor roofs are very dominant. The roof and siding color should be lighter and it should blend with the immediate environment to create a smart and subtle effect. Cream, white, muted greens and tan are the most ideal for creating this look.
  • The Craftsman Bungalow Look — This style is limited to a combination of brown and green shades. Brown sidings and roof trims offer conventional appeal whereas as cream-colored cornices further emphasize the authenticity of a truly Colonial House.

Colonial Recommendations for the Exteriors

  1. Double Dormers — Dormers are very effective for defining the steep rooflines that are common in Colonial homes. The most affordable option is combining a gable-shaped dormer with a pitched roof and sloping sides.
  2. Shingles — For creating the typical Cape Cod cottage look, use clapboard shingles for the roofing along with subtly-painted sidings.
  3. Doghouse Dormers — To create the classically-elegant Cape Cod appearance with a Victorian tinge, install wood-shake roofing and sidings, white-colored window trims and numerous small doghouse dormers.